Article 12 of the OSS Constitution 2020 establishes the Coordinators Forum. The purpose of the Forum is to advance the objectives of the Old Starehian Society, and in particular to mobilise alumni of the Starehe Schools and strengthen their engagement with the Society and the Starehe Institutions; and support resource mobilisation towards securing the future of Starehe Institutions.
The Coordinators Forum brings together representatives from various alumni groups including Chapters, Class Groups, Professional Caucuses and other Special Interest Groups. They in turn elect a Convener and Deputy Convener, who provide general oversight and leadership over the Forum.
The Coordinators Forum has elected, both un-opposed, Mr. Daniel Kilonzi Muthami as the Convener and Ms. Bridget Wanyaga Thara as the Deputy Convener.
Daniel, File Number 7211, Class C87/89, is the Chairman of OSS Kitui Chapter. He holds a BA in Counselling Psychology and MBA in Strategic Management from Africa Nazarene University. He is the Managing Director at Qara Agencies Ltd – a water resources contractor, more specifically in borehole drilling works. Daniel says that he has passion, drive and commitment to serve the OSS fraternity as a way of giving back to Starehe where we became men and women of honour.
Bridget, File Number SGC018, is the Coordinator for the Starehe Girls’ Centre Pioneer Class of 2008. She is a leadership trainer and coach at ASCEND Training and Development Ltd. She hopes to successfully rally the Coordinators Forum in achieving its mandate and the vision of OSS.
We congratulate both Daniel and Bridget for stepping up into these leadership roles and offering to serve the Society through the Coordinators Forum.
This month, we are bidding farewell to Geoffrey Wangila after 7 years of faithful service to the Old Starehian Society. He has served in various capacities and held diverse responsibilities during his tenure with us, his latest role being the Events & Operations Officer.
Geoffrey is passionate about matters Starehe. In addition to his work at the OSS Secretariat, he went out of his way and served the Starehe Schools – often coordinating donations of sports equipment, providing coaching services, among many other things. He has also served as the coach of the Old Starehians football team – Colditz FC. If you have attended any event at the Starehe Institutions, you can be sure that Wangila has been involved in putting it together.
Due to his extensive engagement with alumni, most of you know him pretty well. We ask that you leave a farewell message for him at this link – https://forms.gle/WbDskY2vg7jyH1TT7 – which we will compile and gift him as a memento of his time with us.
Wangila remains a member of the Society in good standing and is committed to continue supporting the Starehe Institutions in future. We wish him well in his future endeavours and are grateful for his passion and service to the Starehe fraternity.
On 25th August 2019, the Executive Committee (EXCO) was mandated by the Annual General Meeting (AGM) to lead the process to review the OSS Constitution. EXCO established a Governance Sub-Committee which included members of EXCO and additional members in good standing of the Society. Following a consultative process throughout the year that followed, an amended Constitution was presented to the members during the 2020 AGM on 30th August 2020. Members provided additional feedback during the AGM and a final draft was presented and passed during a Special General Meeting (SGM) on 27th September 2020. EXCO presented this draft to the Registrar of Societies to secure her consent in line with the Societies Act before the Constitution takes effect.
We are grateful to the Governance Sub-Committee, led by Mr. Colbert Ojiambo (Class of 1998), for coordinating the constitutional review process and delivering a final draft which was passed by members. We are equally grateful to members of the Society who submitted proposals and passionately engaged in the process. We are better off as a Society as a result of this work.
The amended Constitution (2020) is quite progressive and offers many opportunities that, if taken advantage of, will enable OSS to become the premier alumni association serving, leading and transforming society. Let me highlight a few:
- Inclusivity: The place of Starehe Girls’ Centre & School alumnae is cemented in the leadership of the Society, and so is that of younger alumni and older alumni. This does recognise the contribution that these groups can make in the running and transformation of the Society.
- Representative: A Coordinators Forum has been officially recognised as an organ of the Society. This enables different alumni interest groups including, but not limited to, chapters, class groups, house groups and professional fora to be formed and have representation in the Coordinators Forum – a parliament of sorts.
- Membership: The membership categories have been more streamlined so that every alumni feels that they belong and are part of the Society. Student and Associate membership categories have been removed. The Constitution also recognises that other contributions to Starehe Institutions count towards membership subscriptions, if an alumni provides or solicits monetary or in-kind support to the Starehe Institutions through OSS.
- Patron: A role for a Patron has been introduced and enables the Society to appoint the role from amongst senior alumni of Starehe Institutions, present or past members of the governance bodies of Starehe Institutions, or eminent members of the wider society who have great interest in the Starehe Institutions. This role was previously referred to as the President and was restricted to the Director of Starehe Boys’ Centre.
- Dispute Resolution: A dispute resolution mechanism has been established to resolve disputes between members of the Society, a member or members vs the Society, or any dispute generally relating to the affairs of the Society.
We encourage you to read through the amended Constitution (2020) for more information. We recognise that a constitutional review is a give-and-take process which requires patience, understanding and compromise, and does not address all issues or proposals submitted. We believe that we have a good enough document as a result of this process, and one that addresses pertinent issues that had been raised. We hope that all members and alumni will stand behind this Constitution and contribute in making OSS a more responsive Society to alumni needs and a transformative force in Kenya.
But the journey has just begun. EXCO has established a Constitution Transition Sub-Committee led by Mr. James Mugwe (Class of 1990) and deputised by Ms. Arita Mercy (Class of 2011), to advise and coordinate the transition from the current Constitution to the amended Constitution. There is a lot of work ahead of us in 2021. The Constitution Transition Sub-Committee looks forward to receiving your support during this transition period. If you would like to provide any support to this team, do reach out to us via firstname.lastname@example.org.